Mike Ditka's Gridiron Greats Hall of Fame Weekend Kicks Off June 12, 2015 at Hall of Fame Induction Dinner at Silverton Casino Las Vegas

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Gridiron Greats Golf Classic at Rio Secco June 13, 2015 in Memoriam of Hall of Famer Bob St. Clair

Mike Ditka at Gridiron Greats Hall of Fame Dinner 2014 in Las Vegas

Mike Ditka at Gridiron Greats Hall of Fame Dinner 2014 in Las Vegas

Mike Ditka, Chairman of the Gridiron Greats says, “We are thrilled to host our Hall of Fame event in Las Vegas at the Silverton Casino. This is a great way for us to honor deserving individuals who have done so much helping others."

Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, Inc. will host its annual Mike Ditka Hall of Fame weekend in Las Vegas on June 12-13, 2015 Presented by Premier Stem Cell Institute. The Gridiron Greats Hall of Fame Induction dinner on Friday, June 12th will be held at the Silverton Casino Las Vegas. The dinner will honor players for their outstanding NFL playing careers and their charitable work off the field. On Saturday, June 13th legends will tee off at Rio Secco golf club. The golf classic will be in memoriam of Hall of Famer, Bob St. Clair who recently passed away.

Sylvia Mackey will present the Sylvia Mackey Woman of the Year award to Chie Smith (married to Oakland Raider Steve Smith). Sylvia’s efforts and advocacy have not gone unnoticed. The NFL implemented the 88 Plan (named after her late husband Hall of Famer John Mackey). The plan assists retired players suffering from Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ALS. Chie Smith knows first hand how Sylvia’s efforts have helped her care for her husband Steve who is battling ALS. Chie is an incredible wife, mother, friend and advocate.

Gridiron Greats 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees include: Fred Biletnikoff, Jim Covert, Raymond Chester, Al Davis (in memoriam), Ray Elgaard, Abner Haynes, George Kunz, Tom Mack, Jim McMahon, Bob St. Clair (in memoriam), Dick Vermeil and Dave Wilcox.

Mike Ditka, Chairman of the Gridiron Greats says, “We are thrilled to host our Hall of Fame event in Las Vegas at the Silverton Casino. This is a great way for us to honor deserving individuals who have done so much helping others. We are also paying tribute to my good friend Bob St. Clair at our golf classic at Rio Secco”.

The inaugural Gridiron Greats Hall of Fame event started in Detroit, Michigan in 2009 with 150 attendees. Since inception the event has grown to over 800 attendees. Gridiron Greats has been able to raise funds and awareness for the NFL retired player community and assist players and their families in dire need.

"We are honored to be the host hotel for the second year in Las Vegas for this significant fundraising event." said Cory Klerk, General Manager of Silverton Casino Hotel.

A special thanks to our sponsors: Premier Stem Cell Institute (Presenting Sponsor), Silverton Casino Las Vegas, Rio Secco Golf Club, G3 Systems, Camacho Cigars, Terlato Wines, Budwieser, Ketel One Vodka and Johnnie Walker, among other Diageo brands, OAA Orthopaedic Specialists, Coastal Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, NFL, Oakland Raiders, Farber & Co., Ullico, Digital Lizard and to all of the teams and supporters who purchased tickets and program ads.

For more information: http://www.gridirongreats.org/halloffame

About Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund
The Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, Inc. (GGAF) is a Wisconsin nonprofit corporation that has received recognition of federal tax-exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Gridiron Greats mission is to assist dire need retired NFL players who were pioneers of the game and who have greatly contributed to the NFL's status as the most popular sport in America. GGAF provides hands-on assistance to help retired players and their families deal with hardships they face after football. The services include medical assistance, transportation costs for medical evaluations and surgeries, dental assistance, housing assistance, financial assistance for utilities, medication, and coordination of services for food, automotive payments and childcare.

About Silverton Casino Hotel
Silverton Casino Hotel offers 300 deluxe rooms and suites and world-class amenities all located within an upscale, contemporary luxury lodge-themed resort. Silverton Casino Hotel is home to a variety of restaurants and dining options, including the Seasons Buffet, the 24-hour Sundance Grill, Shady Grove Lounge, Twin Creeks Steakhouse, Mi Casa Grill Cantina, Starbucks and Johnny Rockets. In addition to the flagship 165,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Silverton offers 90,000 square feet of gaming with more than 1,600 slot machines and 30 table games, and the Mermaid Restaurant & Lounge. The property features a 117,000-gallon saltwater aquarium with more than 4,000 sharks, stingrays and tropical fish, which was voted “Best Free Attraction” in the Best of Citysearch®. Silverton is located at I-15 and Blue Diamond in Las Vegas. For more information, please call 702-263-7777 or visit http://www.silvertoncasino.com.

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